According to a report in the Washington Post, at least four countries have mulled over potential ways to exploit the naiveté, business dealings, and financial troubles of White House senior adviser Jared Kushner.
Mexico, Israel, China, and the United Arab Emirates are all named in the report, though it is undetermined as to whether officials from those countries moved from discussion to action.
The revelation is the latest in a series that call into question Kushner's ability to work in the White House given his complex business ties.
According to the Post, national security adviser H.R. McMaster told his deputies in spring of 2017 that he wanted all the intelligence reports on conversations where foreign leaders discussed interactions with senior Trump officials, including Kushner. The order came after McMaster learned that Kushner had contacts with foreign officials without coordinating with the National Security Council.
This recent reporting comes on the heels of news that Kushner's interim security clearance has been downgraded, effectively nixing the senior adviser's access to top-secret intelligence he previously enjoyed.
It also follows news that special counsel Robert Mueller had broadened his investigation beyond Kushner's communications with Russia into the realm of efforts to acquire financing from foreign investors during the presidential transition.
Before stepping into the White House, Kushner worked at the CEO of his family's real estate and development company, Kushner Companies. The extensive network and debt from the company, according to the Post, was also seen as leverage foreign officials talked about in efforts to manipulate Kushner.